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SCADA Engineer

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado US
Position Type: Full Time
Rqd Education: Bachelor's Degree
Rqd Experience: 2 - 5 years
Date Posted: January 11, 2023
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The SCADA engineer is responsible for configuring, maintaining, and supporting Platte River’s SCADA/EMS infrastructure to ensure it's reliable, safe, and secure operation.  This individual provides end-user support to power system operators, study engineers and other SCADA/EMS users. The position also maintains the SCADA/EMS systems in a compliant manner that demonstrates compliance with applicable regulatory standards.

 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Models the mission, vision, values, and culture of the organization
  • Designs, configures, and maintains SCADA/EMS infrastructure in accordance with policies, regulatory standards, and industry best practices
  • Documents operating procedures to demonstrate compliance with regulatory standards such as workflow plans, infrastructure changes, compliance assessments, testing of significant changes, system configurations, access reviews, and equipment disposal
  • Configures SCADA/EMS to communicate with field equipment including remote terminal unit (RTUs) and meters
  • Maintains and supports SCADA/EMS functionality including real-time databases, displays and one-lines, control sequences and scripts, and alarming
  • Configures and supports ICCP database and data exchange with the balancing authority, reliability coordinator, market, and neighboring utilities
  • Maintains and supports the distribution of near real-time data to internal and external customers and markets
  • Programs, maintains, and supports the data historian infrastructure
  • Coordinates SCADA/EMS database and display activities with the power system operations staff

Other duties

  • Coordinates with Engineering team on transmission system changes
  • Ensures recoverability of SCADA/EMS and continuity of operations through regular system backups and regular testing of the backup control center's functionality
  • Participates in an on-call rotation and responds to operations, security, or compliance incidents
  • Serves as subject matters expert and participates in internal and external audits
  • Provides system technical support to power system operations staff
  • Directs or assists in troubleshooting efforts during recovery and incident response
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

The following are required:

  • Proficiency administrating, programming, and troubleshooting real-time SCADA/EMS or DCS systems and displays
  • Proficiency troubleshooting SCADA/EMS software
  • Proficiency with reading and interpreting electrical one-line drawings or the ability to gain experience within 12 months of employment
  • Proficiency with OSIsoft Inc PI data historian product or ability to gain proficiency within 12 months of employment
  • Knowledge of bulk electric system concepts including equipment and units of measure or the ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment
  • Knowledge of Power System Operations concepts, processes and procedures or the ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment
  • Thorough understanding of NERC CIP standards or ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment
  • An understanding of SCADA system communications or ability to gain knowledge within 12 months of employment
  • Strong computer and networking skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication and evidence documentation skills
  • Ability to work with people having varying technical skill levels
  • Ability to manage projects and time effectively to meet strict regulatory deadliness
  • Ability to serve an on-call rotation and respond to afterhours callouts

The following are preferred:

  • Experience configuring and troubleshooting DNP3 and ICCP protocol
  • Experience implementing NERC CIP standards and participating in audits as a subject matter expert (SME)


Qualifications
Education and licenses

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, computer engineering, engineering, or related field
  • Current valid driver’s license and ability to remain insurable under the vehicle liability policy

Required work experience

  • Three years of experience configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting SCADA/EMS or equivalent digital control systems (DCS)

Physical demands

  • Minimal physical effort typically found in clerical work. Primarily sedentary, may occasionally lift and carry light objects. Walking and/or standing as needed and minimal.

Hazards

  • Minimal exposure to hazards are typically found in general office environment where there is rarely to no exposure to injury or accident

Work Environment

  • Exposure to routine office noise and equipment


Bi-weekly salary range for position: $3,991.77 - $5,488.62 (placement DOQ)

(range if annualized: $103,786 - $142,704)